Gananda Blue Panther Gazette

Bi-Monthly Newsletter of Gananda Central School District

November 30, 2022

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Upcoming Parent Volunteer Opportunities

We have two exciting opportunities for you to get involved with the schools and provide input for the future of our district. We are currently looking for parent volunteers for two committees as follows:


Facility Committee:

This committee helps the district prioritize capital improvement projects. One of the main priorities will be the preparation of our sites for electric buses as required by New York State.


High School Principal Hiring Committee:

As previously announced, our high school principal Matt Mahoney is retiring. We will begin our search in January with the intent to fill this vacant position in June. Our goal is to create a smooth transition for our students and staff for the start of the 2023-2024 school year. We are looking for volunteers to participate on the hiring committee to provide input for consideration to select the best candidate.


If you are interested in volunteering for one of the committees listed above, or both, please fill out the following volunteer interest survey by Monday, December 5, 2022.

Complete the Volunteer Interest Survey


Please visit our website for more information.

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Macedon Community Christmas Program

This program has provided meals and gifts to families in Gananda, Macedon and Walworth for many years; last year they helped 150 families. We have partnered with them since 2017 and we will continue to do so this year. How can you help? We will be collecting gift cards from WalMart and Target beginning Monday, December 5 through Monday, December 12. Gift cards can be in any denomination. Additionally, checks will be accepted in lieu of gift cards. Checks can be made out to the Macedon Food Pantry with "Christmas Program" noted in the memo section. If groups or individuals would like to sponsor a child or family, please contact Heather Keenan at HKeenan@gananda.org for more information.

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Upcoming Staff Appreciation Days

December 2 - Special Education


Below is a link to a form where you can share a message with either the entire Special Education Staff or an individual special education staff member. We invite both families and staff to participate. Please complete this form by 11pm, Thursday, December 1.


Submit Special Education Appreciation Message

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Boys Basketball Can & Bottle Drive

Drop off your cans and bottles at Richard Mann Elementary on Saturday, December 10 from 9am-12pm. All proceeds support our Gananda Boys Basketball program!

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Report Student Harassment/Bullying

Did you know we have an electronic form on our website to report student harassment or bullying? If your child has been experiencing harassment or bullying, please fill out the form to make a report. You can find a "Report Student Harassment/Bullying" link on our website under the Parents heading. The report will go directly to the district's DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) Coordinator, Mr. Elliott Butt. Once reviewed, Mr. Butt will coordinate an investigation into the matter. With your help, we hope to continue to fight against bullying and create a welcoming environment for all students in Gananda Central School District.

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Parent Volunteer Registration Form

We are excited to reinstate Parent Volunteers in our schools! If you are interested in volunteering for school events, athletics, classroom activities, or as a school helper in the cafeteria, library, or the school offices at any point during the school year, please complete the Parent Volunteer Registration Form. You can also find this form on our website under the Parents heading. It takes approximately three weeks for approval to volunteer due to the background checks and board approval process necessary for access to our school buildings during the day. We look forward to working with you in the coming weeks!

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Impetigo

Impetigo - A highly contagious skin infection that causes red sores on the face, however it may appear anywhere on the body


Impetigo mainly affects children.

The main symptom is red sores that form around the nose and mouth. The sores rupture, ooze for a few days, then form a yellow-brown crust.

Antibiotics shorten the infection and can help prevent spread to others. Prescription medication is almost always prescribed for impetigo.


Spreads - By skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs).

Students can return to school when they have been treated for at least 24 hours or lesions are cleared from oozing. Area should be covered to protect from spreading.

(Always contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns)

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Helpful Documents

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We are excited to host the Elementary Book Fair from December 5th - December 12.

This year we are hosting two family shopping events:

Family Night on Wednesday, December 7th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Family Day on Saturday, December 10th 9:00am - 12:00pm


You can also shop the book fair online between December 8th and December 18th. You can shop online by going to the following website: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/mannlibrary.

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ES Lost and Found

Please look at the Lost and Found to see if anything belongs to your child(ren). The table is overflowing with many sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles, etc.
If you recognize any of these items in the pictures, please email Rachel Morabito and I will be sure to get them to your child. Click on this link to view the photos.

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Proud Calls!

Our Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Lumb, and Assistant Elementary School Principal, Ms. Reeves, joined the students pictured below to call home together and share good news about something that happened at school. Proud Calls can be for something big or small such as helping a friend, mastering a goal, or doing something to brighten the day for others. We are #GanandaProud of our students!


Additionally, be on the lookout for Fall Getting To Know You calls from Mrs. Lumb and Ms. Reeves. They look forward to connecting with each family!

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Dismissal Pick-up Change for ES

We have a small change to make for the student pick-up dismissal process at Richard Mann Elementary. Beginning Wednesday, November 30, 2022, we will be moving the pick-up line inside the building. You will be able to go inside the gym doors near the playground area beginning at 3:05pm. Please note: the doors will be locked for security reasons so we will have someone stationed at the doors to let you in. Students will be dismissed to you from the hallway near the gym. The process remains the same as below:

1. If you are picking up your child at dismissal, you will pull into the parking lot of the elementary school and park your car to the right side (in front of the playground) of the parking lot.

2. Once you are parked, use the PikMyKid App to indicate you have arrived.

3. After indicating you have arrived, enter the double doors near the gym beginning at 3:05 pm to pick up your child. Please note the doors will be locked for security reasons so we will have someone stationed at the doors to let you in. Please remember to bring your ID with you. See the map below for location details.

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Middle School Lost and Found

Please look at the Lost and Found to see if anything belongs to your child(ren). The table is overflowing with many sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles, etc.
If you recognize any of these items in the pictures, please email Missy Nims and I will be sure to get them to your child. Click on this link to view the photos: https://bit.ly/3UpFecw

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Modified Winter II Sports Registration Begins On Saturday, December 3

Modified Winter II Sports registration includes: Girls Basketball. First Practice begins on January 3. Register online using the link below:

https://www.familyid.com/organ…

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Order Your Yearbook Now!

Gananda Middle School yearbooks are on sale now! Visit the yearbook sales site to explore yearbook packages and to place an order.

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Upcoming Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be Wednesday, November 30 at the Richard Mann Elementary School, Room #918. The meeting starts at 7pm.

See information about board meetings below.


Public Comments at Board Meetings


Board Meeting Procedures


More information about the school board can be found on the Gananda Website.

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Gananda Dollars for Scholars News

Gananda Dollars for Scholars News


Did You Know….

  • that you can designate Gananda Dollars for Scholars as your charity of choice if you give to the United Way each year? Just include Code #3323 on your enrollment form and start giving today!

  • that many employers match your donation for your charity of choice? You can double your giving to Gananda Dollars for Scholars by inquiring with your employer's Business Office!

  • Thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com or using the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned ON, everyday purchases make an impact. So far, AmazonSmile has donated $1,437.85 to Gananda Dollars for Scholars, Inc.

    Visit your AmazonSmile impact page to track donations generated or change your charity.

  • Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6, in the high school library at 7pm.

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The Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families is seeking volunteers to help with Foodlink food distributions the third Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of each month. Each event starts at 10:00 am, with volunteers needed at 9:00. If you are interesting in volunteering please fill out the volunteer form.

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